Dub Fire / Promised Land
7" single
January 30, 2007

Artist & tune

  • Admiral Tibett - One Way / Rootsamala - Where U Gonna Run
  • General Levy - Time Dread / Basque Dub Foundation & Dub Student - Dubbin' With Fire
  • Mykal Roze - Over Ground / Basque Dub Foundation & Dub Student - Dubbin' With Fire
  • Johnny Osbourne - War Season / Basque Dub Foundation & Dub Student - Dubbin' With Fire
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
The great soundsystem from Paris, France Heartical already impressed with the series of 7"s on 'Real Rock', 'Fade Away' and Aswad's 'Dub Fire', all impeccably revamped by Iņaki Yarritu's Basque Dub Foundation and their brilliant relick and production of the 1973 Glen Brown & Lloyd Parkes gem 'Slaving' (also known from Sylford Walker's excellent "Chant Down Babylon" he cut in 1978 for Glen Brown). In 2004 Heartical's Sir Jo released the first cuts across Aswad's mighty 'Dub Fire'-riddim a.k.a. 'Promised Land', Aswad's backing of the 1982 Dennis Brown tune (released in the UK on Aswad & Michael 'Rueben' Campbell's Simba label and in JA on Dennis' Yvonne's Special label). Heartical has not only re-released these first tunes, Al Campbell's "The Power", Chronicle's "Diamond & Gold", Sugar Minott's "Prophecy" b/w Original Uman's "La Danse Du Serpent", Pinchers' "Work For The King" and Luciano's "Time Will Tell" with Basque Dub Foundation's "Melodica Fire", but a second leg with 4 more 7"s has just been released. An absolutely flawless melodic delivery of the conscious "One Way" by a very much in form 80s veteran Admiral Tibett is backed with the biggest surprise of this selection on the flipside, Spanish female roots trio Rootsamala bringing back memories of the biggest female UK-roots deliveries ever with their brilliant "Where You Gonna Run" also fully exploiting the mighty dubby riddim with its famous horn riffs. 90s veteran General Levy, known best for his speedrapped delivery over hardcore dancehall and jungle riddims, comes in very surprisingly as well with the rootsy oldschool flow inspired delivery of his very convincing reality tune "Time Dread" followed by 70s veteran Mykal Roze's "Uplifting" a.k.a. "Over Ground" on which he once more has that restraint delivery that (almost a contradictio in terminis) makes him sound so much more inspired and that fits the riddim tight like a glove here. With the still popular late 60s veteran Johnny Osbourne - who has made hit tunes in every era of Jamaican music since and contributed tunes over every style that came into fashion since - delivering the apocalyptic warning "War Season" in very fine style as the last vocal one on the riddim, there really is no weakish tune in this latest Heartical selection. And I haven't mentioned the brilliant "Dubbin' With Fire" yet that even better highlights the strength of Basque Dub Foundation's relick, Dub Student's mixing skills and Heartical's production. Soundmen and other vinyl-buyers: this is a must have selection of great rootsy tunes on a classic riddim, and if you're not convinced yet you should hear the tunes for yourself. All the CD-buyers can hope for is Sir Jo compiling a one-riddim album featuring all the tunes released across this riddim (and by the way, the same applies to Heartical's 'Real Rock'-riddim of which a second leg of tunes was released late last year with Johnny Osbourne & Wayne Smith' "Conscious Anthem", Junior Cat's "Love Jah & Live", Skully Zoot Simms' "See Dem A Come", Robert Lee's "Time" and "Come Now", Chuck Turner's "Culture Rule", Original Uman's "Body Bags" and the great instrumental "Melodica Rock"). Sir Jo & his Heartical Crew and Basque Dub Foundation surely have the talent to produce extremely satisfying tunes over brilliant relicks of classical riddims.